Reed Bye, Hamlet, August 1980. Philip Whalen, Pericles, August 1980. On the first half of the recording, Reed Bye continues his class on Shakespeare's "Hamlet," focusing on Hamlet's conversations with Ophelia and Gertrude. In the second half, Philip Whalen presents a class on Shakespeare's "Pericles," concentrating on anachronisms in the play, its staging, and the educational background of the playwrights and audiences of Shakespeare's period. (Continued from 80P163). This...
Michael McClure, Poetry Workshop, July 1978. Michael McClure continues his series of workshops focusing on exercises that make use of decks of cards with words on them. In this class, McClure discusses his invented "beast language," relates a story about making a boxing poster of Jean Harlowe and Billy the Kid, and briefly discusses Rimbaud and Lorca before working with the word decks. This is class 4 of 5.
A SWP faculty reading including Elizabeth Robinson, Kenneth Irby and Robin Blaser held at Naropa University June 14, 2003. Elizabeth Robinson reads poetry followed by Kenneth Irby reading poetry. This is part 1 of 2.
This faculty reading includes Amiri Baraka reading "Somebody Blew Up America" and "The Mind of the President" and talking about his murdered daughter; Kristin Prevallet reading predominantly political pieces such as "Force," "Norm" and "Blueprint for a Revolution"; and Deborah Richards reading "Notes from the Margin," "Some Notes from a Looseleaf War Journal," and "Author's Note." This is part 1 of 2.
Second half of a Robert Creeley lecture on the origins, history, politics, and techniques of language poetry. He looks at how language poetry evolved out of earlier styles as well as its influence on contemporary poets. Topics include the ideas of Charles Bernstein, the work of Charles Olson, William Carlos Williams, Robert Duncan, Ezra Pound, and many others, as well as the possibilities for using words without referents. (Continued from 84P009)
First half of Class 9 of "In the Pressure Tank" series held at Naropa Institute between July 23 and August 20, 1980. (The whole series is contained on 80P093-115.) Philip Whalen discusses Hart Crane's life during the period in which "The Bridge" was composed, with an emphasis on the literary climate of the time. (Continues on 80p108.) Topics: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, Buddhism, symbolism, American Modernist poetry
A visiting professor class by David Cope. This part of the class includes Gregpry Corso, Allen Ginsberg, and Andy Clausen. Corso explains his theory on the dawn of consciousness and Clausen Reads Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" and "The Song of Myself" continued from 80P126. This is class 3 of 4. Topic: David Cope
Joanne Kyger class on William S. Burroughs. She provides a detailed account of his life growing up in St. Louis his being sent to private school and graudation from Harvard. She recounts that he first began writing at the age of 14 and knew he was a homosexual at a young age. She gives anecdotal stories of Burroughs. Tells of his wife Joan Vollmer whom he shot in the head and some about his son William Jr. who died in 1983. She discusses his on and off addiction with drugs and reads pieces from...
Lewis Warsh class on the autobiography in writing. The class covers composition of poetry and prose, letters and biography in a range of workd including Gurtrude Stein, Kenneth Koch, and his own compositions in dealing with the autobiographical in writing. This is part 1 of 3.
Allen Ginsberg concludes a class on "Spiritual Poetics" with a discussion of the difference between good and great poetry, "bodhisattva magnanimity," and magic in Anne Waldman's "Fast-speaking woman." (Continued from 74P002) This is part 3 of 3.
Second half of a panel with Anne Waldman, Joanne Kyger, Eleni Sikelianos, Harryette Mullen, Steven Taylor, Renee Gladman. This section contains the remainder of the question and answer session. Topics discussed include gendered grammar and syntax, the feminization of America, the commodification of sex, and the patriarchy. (Continued from 02P031)
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First half of a faculty reading with Banu Kapil, Julie Patten, Andrew Schelling, Steve Lacy, and Maureen Owen. Schelling reads "Crossing the seas of Saint Brendan," "Sing's chair", and "The spiral path." Lacy accompanies Schelling in performing translations of classical Indian poetry. (Continues on 01P102).
Joanne Kyger concludes a class at Naropa Institute, in which she and her students discuss the analysis of words and sounds in poetry, rationality and anti-rationality, and exile vs. acceptance of one's place as a person and writer. This is tape 2 of 2.
This is the first class in a series taught by Ed Dorn in the summer of 1977. In this class the works of Edward Abbey are contrasted with JB Jackson's. Also a History of the Mayans and Aztecs are given with selection read from Aztec writing. The class continues on the next tape 7P006. This is part 1 of 2.
Kenward Elmslie and Steven Taylor perform "various gobbets" from Postcards on parade, Elmslie's musical play written in response to the AIDS epidemic. Elmslie explains that the show is written to be performed by a cast of eight and invites the members of the audience to fill in the missing pieces in their minds.
The second half of a class by Philip Whalen at Naropa Univesity from August 1977 about classic literature. Works such as Uncle Tom's Cabin, and Ben Hur are discussed. Also presented are modernizations and the missing of genuine feeling in Shakespeare productions. (Continued from 77P027)
Reed Bye, Hamlet, August 1980. Reed Bye presents a class on Shakespeare's Hamlet. In this class, Bye and the students continue their reading of Hamlet, debating the timing of the seduction of Gertrude and focusing on the appearance of the ghost of the king. (Continued from 80P161). This is class 2 of 4
An Eileen Myles lecture, "Friendship: the force of community in poetry and prose." Myles discusses the role of friendship and poetry in bringing one's inner world, which she likens to the world of her early friendships with women, to the outer world, which she relates to her early friendships with men. She discusses the growing laterality of the art world and emphasizes the defining importance of context.
First half of a reading with Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, and Michael McClure with musical accompaniment by Steven Taylor. Ginsberg sings two songs and reads "Plutonium ode," "Guru blues," and other selections. Waldman's performance includes "Her night" and "De sueno al sueno." (Continued on 89P163) favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Second half of an Allen Ginsberg lecture on English and American lyric poetry. Ginsberg reads Sir Walter Raleigh's "The lie," Christophr Marlowe's "The passionate shepherd to his love," Hector Berlioz and Giuseppe Verdi requiems, George Peel's "As when the rye reached to the chin" and "Hot sun, cool fire, tempered with sweet air, and Robert Southwell's "The burning babe." (Continued from 96P049)
This is the second half of a class by Joanne Kyger from July 1977. In this class students read their assignments and there is class discussion. This is the third class in a servies. This is tape 2 of 2.
In this class Kyger finishes discussing Burroughs, and students read their papers. Kyger reads Burroughs' poem Thanksgiving Day 11-28-86. John Weiners is introduced with a detailed biography on him and his growing mental illness. Two poems from his Hotel Wentley collection, Poem for record players and Poem for painters, are read aloud by students. Kyger then gives a detailed biography of Bob Kaufman, and reads All those ships that never sailed from his book Ancient rain '56-'76. She also...
Second half of a Bernadette Mayer, Bill Berkson and Lewis Warsh reading. Warsh reads "Quarter to four," "Footnote," "Afternoon in October," "Stolen words," Walking through air" and other poems. (Continued from 78P101B)
First half of Class 8 of "In the Pressure Tank" series held at Naropa Institute between July 23 and August 20, 1980. (The whole series is contained on 80P093-115.) Philip Whalen discusses Wallace Stevens's poem "Academic Discourse at Havana." Specific attention is given to French poets--Stephane Mallarme, Paul Valery, Andre Gide, and others--who influenced Stevens. (Continues on 80p106.) Keywords: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, Buddhism, American modernist poetry,...
A class taught by Clark Coolidge at the Naropa Institute June 30, 1980. Coolidge spends the majority of the class "introducing" Shakespeare to his students. To illustrate he reads from Antony And Cleopatra and Timon Of Athens as well as from Melville's Moby Dick and Kerouac's Visions Of Cody. This is part 1 of 4.
Class instructed by Gregory Corso entitled Poetry the Container. The class includes Corso reading his works City Child's Day and Mortal Infliction and discussion of student work. This is workshop 1 of 2.
A panel with Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Bhanu Kapil Rider, Renee Gladman, Laird Hunt, and members of the audience in a wide ranging discussion of writing fiction across cultures, personally and within narratives; how that fiction can be received; objectivity; and our currently multimedia-ed, overpopulated world.
This is the 17th session of a class in basic poetics taught by Allen Ginsberg in 1980 at the Naropa Institute. In this class, Ginsberg reads and discusses a number of songs by Shakespeare. During the last part of the class the students recite spontaneous poems. This is class 17 of 33. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
The eleventh in a series of a basic poetics class taught by Allen Ginsberg in 1980 at Naropa. In this class he continues his discussion of Basil Bunting, Campion and Dowland. Works read and discussed include Thou Must Home to Shadow Underground and Follow Thy Fair Sun by Campion. This is class 11 of 33. favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Anne Waldman chairs a Naropa Summer Writing Program colloquium on surrealism with Jack Collom, Allen Ginsberg, and others. An unidentified participant, probably Jane Augustine, reads Kurt Schwitters's Anna Blume. Jack Collom speaks about surrealism and Alexander Pope ("Sir Real") and reads selections from The rape of the lock. Someone identified only as "Jonathan" reads a selection from Alice in Wonderland. Allen Ginsberg reads poetry by Philip Lamantia including Putdown of...
First half of an Edwin Torres lecture that is as much poetic performance as intellectual talk. He weaves together three pieces, "The limit is limitless," "The impossible sentence," and "The popadology of an ambient language," to create an almost seamless meditation on the evolution of poetry through performance, interference as freedom, what we miss in language, other possibilities of perception, and the timelessness and importance of ambient sound. (Continues on...
Michael McClure, Poetry Workshop, July 1978. McClure begins by pointing to a language of crisis in a sonnet by Keats and by Shelley, discussing the "systemless system" of a two-year old girl and of poetry, and describing Keats' notion of negative capability. Students read exercises in which a deck of words provides the vocabulary of a poem, and McClure gives a new assignment, to put together a word deck that creates a biographical portrait. This is class 3 of 5.
Michael McClure, Poetry Workshop, June 1978. In his second class, McClure asks students to tell jokes and engage in conversation using the poetry deck they created in the first class. McClure then leads the students in a sonnet exercise, discussing the history of the sonnet in Italian and English. This is class 2 of 5.
A lecture delivered by Lee Ann Brown at the Naropa Institute July 4, 1992. Brown speaks extensively about the chance operations/ experiments of the Oulipian school of writing citing/ reading several poems as well as her own as examples.
A workshop, "Beat And Other Rebel Angels," taught by Joanne Kyger at the Naropa Institute October 1991. Kyger speaks extensively about the poet Jack Spicer; his work, his life and his death. Along the way Kyger comments on various central and ancillary figures populating the San Francisco Northbeach scence at mid-century.
Edwin Torres answers questions and discusses further some of the ideas he raised in his lecture, including the relationship between breath and spirit and writing, his transition from performing poetry to working on the page, and hydrid poetry. (Continued from 03P086)
A class by Philip Whalen in Allen Ginsberg's "Spontaneous Poetics" series. Whalen discusses Ben Jonson, primitive peoples and poetries, and names. (Continued on 76p062). Keyword: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, preliterate culture, oral literature, Buddhism
Second half of an Anne Waldman workshop on writing. The class begins with a discussion about what led people to come to the conference. Waldman talks about how she became involved with the Beats and came to Boulder, the founding of Naropa, and Kerouac's influence on the school. She reads and discusses part of an interview with William Carlos Williams, about writing poetry, and selections from Gertrude Stein, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and other poets. Students read their work and Waldman comments and...
Continued from 04P015 this panel of PoEthics, recorded June 7, 2004 during the Summer Writing Program at Naropa, is mostly a question and answer period. Topics covered include, Poets Against the War, poetry in capitolism, the state of American values, and motivation to keep writing. This is part 2 of 2.
Second half of a lecture by Helen Adam, with this half focusing on English ballads, including "A Letter of Advice" and "Reputing Drive." (Continued from 79p025.) Keywords: New American Poetry, performance poetry, music in literature
Tape 3 in an 11 tape series of a class taught by Allen Ginsberg on Expansive Poetics. Subject matter includes some discussion of the Russian Futurists and two short readings by Russian Futurist writers.